Mentorship is at the heart of our work. The farm has been envisioned and designed as a living system, classroom, and laboratory for tomorrow’s leaders. Here, we share skills, perspectives, and experiences that all visitors can use to make a difference in their own lives, education and professions. Some will dive deeper to become true change-makers and engaged advocates for our healthy future. Towards this goal Wild Culture Farm offers afternoon volunteer opportunities, short-term 1 month internships, and 6 month apprenticeships designed for intense vocational training with the focus to expand local food production. This is a small operation and, as such, it’s important to note that after being given direction and training, interns and apprentices spend a good portion of their time working solo.
Volunteer [lasting 3 hours]
We accept new volunteers on an ongoing basis as-needed. Volunteers spend approximately 3 hours alongside us on 2-3 discrete tasks such as planting seeds, harvesting food, and tending to the land. Whether we are gleaning, harvesting, planting, mulching, or weeding, many hands make light work and help keep this little regenerative farm thriving.
Please get in touch for more information.
Internship [lasting 1 month]
Our internships (1 month) are facilitated through the WWOOF (World-Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) organization. Interns are involved in all aspects of the farm. We’re looking for those who want to fully experience the ins & outs of a working regenerative farm. We feel there is no better way to truly find out if this lifestyle is right for you then by spending some solid “dirt time” in a small farm & homestead environment.
Over the course of 1 month (March – October only), interns will spend weekday mornings gaining an in-depth understanding of how our farm functions and incorporates ecology into agriculture. From holistic livestock management and soil building to native habitat restoration and market gardening, and much much more, the opportunities for learning, getting down in the dirt, and working with our hands are endless. Of course, as a highly integrated yet diverse small farm, all roles cross boundaries in multiple ways and everyone is expected to chip in when and wherever help is needed.
Interns are provided with food (self prepared) & housing plus a stipend of $100 per month for incidentals. We host just 1 to 2 interns at a time.
Apprenticeship [lasting 6-9 months]
Apprentices spend 6 – 9 months learning and mastering a broad set of farm, garden, homestead, & kitchen skills. Apprenticeships are for those with some hands-on growing experience (our internship could qualify) or previous training related to food, farm, & garden. If desired, the second half of an apprenticeship can be dedicated to two speciality areas where they can, with guidance, have a specific focus for a good portion of each day. Apprentices spend approximately 35 hours a week on farm related tasks.
- Holistic Livestock
- Market Garden
- Wild Farm / Food Forest
- Homestead & Culinary Skills
- Education & Events
Apprenticeships are provided with ample food (self-prepared), comfortable housing plus a stipend of $200 per month for incidentals. We host 1 to 2 apprentices at a time.
Since 2011, we’ve hosted educators and students who share a passion for living a self-sufficient and holistic lifestyle that is in harmony with nature’s systems (we started homesteading & hosting teachers & students interested in these topics in the heart of Silicon Valley before we even began to farm!). We love the cross-cultural knowledge, experience sharing, and world community building that has come from hosting these guests. Thus far we’ve had the pleasure of welcoming nature educators and students from Australia, France, Brazil, Malta, Columbia, Austria, Germany, Mexico, Canada, Japan, Malawi, England, and across the USA.
Here are some of our most recent reviews from others who have stayed with us (& more reviews may be found on the WWOOF website)…
“A great farm for my first experience WWOOFING – Jennifer knows about a great variety of farming and permaculture topics including different composting methods and animal care, and is generous providing a lot of food options and homey, comfortable accommodations. Be sure to check out all her cool farming and DIY books too! A wealth of information here. The surrounding area is great too, no shortage of options to suit any budget and interest!” – Nina from New York, USA
I had an amazing experience here. Jen is super generous with her knowledge and resources. The work was diverse and rewarding. – Henrietta from Australia
I spent a week at this gem of a farm and enjoyed every second. The people, accomodation, and land make it a tough place to beat. I was able to help out with a variety of tasks around the farm, and also felt like I learned a lot. Amazing WWOOFing experience! – Katherine from USA
We absolutely loved our time here. Jennifer is the kindest and truly willing to teach and give tasks that you are interested in and want to learn more about. The accommodations, the food, the people, and the location are wonderful. The work is enjoyable, lots to learn about permaculture, and there are lots of fun things to do nearby. We would have stayed longer if we could have! – Maria & Daniel from North Carolina, USA
How to Apply
If interested in getting your hands really dirty with us as an Intern, please apply thru the WWOOF-USA platform.
If interested in making a career of farming, consider joining us as an apprentice by sending a short message to email@example.com. We will reply with what information we require. Please mark Apprentice in the subject line of the email.
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.